Mixed views regarding SA’s next President

Who will become the country’s next president?This is the question pondered by many South Africans as the...

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Who will become the country’s next president?

This is the question pondered by many South Africans as the general election draws near.

After a politically turbulent 2008 in which Thabo Mbeki was recalled from office and replaced by his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, opposition leaders are identifying their favourites for the country’s top job.

“It’s still realistic that the ANC will win the election but whether it is going to be candidate Jacob Zuma as president one doesn’t know, because one doesn’t know what the outcome of the NPA’s legal appeal is going to be,” said DA leader Helen Zille.

Freedom Front Plus leader Dr Pieter Mulder said, “I think in April next year we will get Mr Zuma as president. But I would not have an ANC president. If I had my choice it would be a Freedom Front Plus leader. However I don’t think that’s what is going to happen, whether I like it or not.”

African Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe didn’t want to specify one particular candidate. “It’s a difficult one. Personally, I believe we are going to have a multi-party government in 2009.”